At least five dead as tornadoes lash Alabama and Georgia

At least five people are dead after a series of tornadoes hatched by early spring ‘super cell’ storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia early on Friday (Butch Dill)

At least five people are dead after a series of tornadoes hatched by early spring “super cell” storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia early on Friday.

Authorities said one fierce tornado traveled roughly 100 miles across Alabama on Thursday, leaving a long path of damage, while in Georgia the National Weather Service for Atlanta said a “dangerous, fast moving” tornado ripped through some of the metro’s southern suburbs just after midnight.

The deaths were confirmed in Calhoun County, in east Alabama, where one of multiple twisters sprang from a “super cell” of storms that later moved into Georgia, said John De Block, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Birmingham.

Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade said the twister cut a diagonal path across the county, striking mostly rural areas — something that likely kept the death toll from being higher.

“Five people lost their lives and for those families, it will never be the same,” Mr Wade said at an evening briefing.

“Our hearts, our thoughts and our prayers go to the families, and we are going to do our best to let them know we love them.”

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